From Marine to Entrepreneur: How 1161 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Skills Led to Success

As a 1161 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician in the US Marine Corps, I was trained to handle a wide range of tasks and responsibilities. From basic training to advanced skills training, I honed my abilities to work with refrigeration and air conditioning systems and to provide top-notch service to those in need. And while my time in the military was challenging and rewarding, I soon found that my skills were transferable to a whole new arena: entrepreneurship.

When I first joined the Marines, I was excited to learn all the ins and outs of working with refrigeration and air conditioning systems. I was trained on everything from the basics of refrigeration to the more advanced aspects of air conditioning repair. During my basic training, I had the opportunity to participate in a number of fun-filled days where I was able to put my skills to the test. I learned how to install, maintain, and repair a wide range of systems, from residential to commercial, and I honed my ability to work with a variety of tools and materials.

After basic training, I continued to grow my skills in advanced training. I was tasked with more complex jobs, such as repairing commercial refrigeration units and air conditioning systems. I was also trained on how to troubleshoot and fix more complicated issues that could arise in these systems. These experiences helped me to become a highly skilled technician, and I was able to bring that expertise to my new venture as an entrepreneur.

When I decided to take the leap into entrepreneurship, I was confident that my skills from the military would help me succeed. And, as it turns out, my training was the perfect foundation for my new venture. Here are the top five reasons why my military training has helped me succeed as an entrepreneur:

  1. Attention to detail: As a 1161 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician, I was trained to pay close attention to detail and to make sure that every aspect of the job was completed to the highest standards. This attention to detail has served me well in my new business, where I make sure that every aspect of the job is done right the first time.

  2. Problem-solving skills: In the military, I was trained to be a creative problem-solver and to think on my feet. This skill has been invaluable in my new venture, where I am often faced with challenges and obstacles that require quick thinking and innovative solutions.

  3. Ability to work under pressure: In the military, I was trained to work under pressure and to complete tasks even in the most challenging circumstances. This ability has helped me to remain calm and focused in my new business, even in the most difficult situations.

  4. Technical knowledge: My military training gave me a comprehensive understanding of refrigeration and air conditioning systems, and I have been able to leverage this knowledge to offer my customers the highest quality service.

  5. Team player: In the military, I was part of a team of technicians working together to get the job done. This experience has helped me to build strong relationships with my team and to work together to achieve our goals.

Now, as a successful entrepreneur, I am proud to be part of the Veterans First Watch community. This organization helps veterans transition into entrepreneurship and provides them with the support and resources they need to succeed. I am grateful for my military training and for the skills and experiences it has given me, and I look forward to continuing to grow my business and to help other veterans make the transition from military to entrepreneur.